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NL East Notes: Mets pitchers, Jose Fernandez

The latest news from around the National League East.

MLB: Pittsburgh Pirates at New York Mets Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

With David Wright on the shelf for the foreseeable future, and many other of the Mets offensive starters joining him, there may only be one way out for the New York Mets. Last year, when in trouble offensively, general manager Sandy Alderson went out and acquired offense (Juan Uribe, Kelly Johnson and Yoenis Cespedes). That was enough to get the team to the World Series.

In 2016, acquisitions haven’t helped. James Loney has struggled in place of Lucas Duda, and Johnson has returned to little success. Instead, Mets broadcaster Ron Darling says the Mets pitchers have to become this year’s version of Cespedes and carry this team as far as they can go.

More from around the National League East:

  • In an effort to keep Jose Fernandez around for the end of the season, the Marlins will skip his next turn in the rotation. The aim is to keep Fernandez around the 180 innings mark in his first full season since coming back from Tommy John surgery.
  • Phillies right-hander starter Alec Asher was suspended yesterday for 80 games after a positive test for a performance-enhancing drug.
  • Jonathan Papelbon is on the disabled-list, and the Nationals need to figure out what to do with the ninth inning. With names like Felipe Rivero, Sammy Solis, Blake Treinen and Shawn Kelley as options, manager Dusty Baker may mix things up and not stick to one guy.
  • Despite their poor 2016 season, the Braves don’t seem eager to move either Julio Teheran or Freddie Freeman.

Standings ‘as of writing’:

Washington 42-25 — GB

NY Mets 36-29 5.0 GB

Miami 34-32 7.5 GB

Philadelphia 30-37 12.0 GB

Atlanta 20-46 21.5 GB